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Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk

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Alternative names: Red-chested Sparrowhawk; Rufous Sparrowhawk

Accipiter rufiventris
Photo by Alan Manson Mt. Gilboa, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa
Photo by Alan Manson
Mt. Gilboa, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa
Photo by Alan Manson Mt. Gilboa, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa
Photo by Alan Manson
Mt. Gilboa, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa

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[edit] Identification

Length: 29-36 cm. Females (200 g) larger than males (120 g). In southern Africa, the unmarked rufous underparts are diagnostic. Upperparts slate grey, head appears hooded.

[edit] Distribution

Fragmented populations in eastern Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies:1

  • A. r. rufiventris
  • Montane forests of Kenya and eastern Zaire to South Africa
  • A. r. perspicillaris
  • Highland forests of Ethiopia

[edit] Habitat

Afromontane forest or stands of alien trees with adjacent grassland or fynbos.

[edit] Behaviour

Solitary or in pairs. Generally inconspicuous, spending much time perched high in trees. Hunts mainly for small birds over open country.

[edit] References

  1. Clements JF. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2008. Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019

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